MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s Secretary of State for 32 years wants to serve for at least 4 more. Democrat Doug La Follette announced his re-election bid Wednesday.
If he wins, La Follette said he would help residents fight to protect the state’s environment – even though the job has nothing to do with that. The duties include maintaining state records, collecting certain fees, and placing the state’s seal on the official acts of the governor.
The secretary of state used to keep tabs on lobbyists, until the agency that’s now the Government Accountability Board took that over a number of years ago. After that, La Follette has fought off several attempts to eliminate both his job and the lieutenant governor’s post.
He served one 4-year term as secretary of state from 1975 through '78. La Follette won the job back in ’82, and has been re-elected ever since. He’s challenged by Jeremy Ryan of Madison in the September Democratic primary. The winner will face Republican David King, a minister from Milwaukee, in November.